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Sept 13 as regional holiday deliberated
by PIO release

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan welcomed the proposals of concerned sectors to work out the declaration of Sept. 13 of every year as a regular holiday in the Cordillera to celebrate the signing of sipat or peace agreement between former rebel priest Conrado Balweg of the Cordillera Bodong Administration and the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) and former President Corazon C. Aquino that paved the way for the end of armed struggle in the region.

The mayor however said various sectors in the region have to be consulted regarding the merits of the proposal considering its effects on businessmen who will have to pay their workers double, which means an added expense on their part.

On Sept. 13, 1986, Balweg and Aquino signed the Mount Data sipat or peace agreement and exchanged tokens to signal the end of armed struggle in the region and the start of the reinvigorated peace efforts considering that one of the 26-point demands of the CBA-CPLA during that time was for the grant of autonomy to the Cordillera.

The signing of the Mount Data peace agreement actually paved the way for the initial compliance of the national government in its commitment to grant autonomy with the issuance of Executive Order 220 on July 15, 1987 that brought together the provinces of Abra, Benguet, Mountain Province and the City of Baguio from Region I and the provinces of Ifugao and Kalinga-Apayao from Region II to compose the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Under Executive Order 220, CAR is supposed to administer the affairs of the government in the region, accelerate the socio-economic development of the region and prepare the region for autonomy.

Domogan emphasized there is a need to sustain inculcating into the minds of today’s youth the important dates in the region’s history for them to be able to internalize Cordillera’s renewed quest for regional autonomy.


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